This photo-like image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) on the aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite on April 19, 2006, at 2:10 p.m. local time (04:10 UTC). Cyclone Monica at this time had a large spiral form, and its well-developed eye was just about to make landfall as the Aqua satellite flew overhead. Sustained peak winds in the storm system were roughly 140 kilometers per hour (85 miles per hour) around the time the image was captured.
The high-resolution image provided above is provided at the full MODIS spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery//?2006109-0419/Monica.A2006109.0410 additional resolutions.
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.